Marriage

Beth Alexander uncertain when she will next see sons

By Charlotte Oliver, February 5, 2014

A British mother who last month lost her battle for custody of her four-year-old twin sons does not know when she will next see her children, after the family centre that arranges her visits said it will no longer do so.

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Government can’t help mother in custody fight

By Charlotte Oliver, January 16, 2014

The Government has said it is unable to intervene to help Beth Alexander in her battle to gain custody of her children in the Austrian courts.

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New setback for Beth Alexander in custody battle for twins

By Charlotte Oliver, January 9, 2014

A British mother fighting for custody of her four-year-old twin sons has been denied the right to take the case to the Austrian Supreme Court.

Beth Alexander had already lost a hearing and an appeal over the boys, who live in Vienna with her Austrian ex-husband, Michael Schlesinger.

Now, her application to have the case heard before Austria's highest court has been turned down.

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Barmitzvah speech that went viral

By Dan Friedman, December 12, 2013

When barmitzvahs find internet fame, it is often because of their entertainment qualities — think showdancers and catchy pop songs.

Last month, however, Duncan Alpine Sennett caught attention for the power of his reasoning when he gave an impassioned defence of gay marriage in his barmitzvah speech.

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Race to hold first same-sex wedding is on

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

Liberal and Reform synagogues are lining up to hold the first same-sex Jewish wedding ceremony.

The government announced on Tuesday that, under new legislation, same-sex marriage services would take place in England and Wales from March 29, rather than from the summer as had been expected.

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The baby gap...and how it’s changing the face of the community

By Simon Rocker, November 14, 2013

The overall number of Jewish births in the UK is at its highest level for more than 40 years — but when the Charedi population is removed from the figures, the numbers look very different and show a continuing fall.

In 2011 there were 3,860 recorded births. That is the highest since an estimated 4,000 in the late 1960s, and the fourth successive year of increase.

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Raising the marriage age is a true step forward for women

By Adi Blutner, November 9, 2013

Bar-Ilan University’s Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Centre for the Advancement of the Status of Women is joining women around the country in celebrating a historic day for the state of Israel.

This week, the Knesset passed a bill that will raise the minimum legal marriage age in Israel to 18, up by one year from the current age of 17.

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Some answers from on High

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 4, 2013

Next week, Marion and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. As wedding anniversaries go these days, this is no big deal.

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Be a Zionist– get married later

By Barry Frankfurt, July 14, 2013

Last month, Hebrew University in Jerusalem hosted the first conference to look specifically at the impact of the Birthright trips to Israel, which offer any Jew aged 18-26 a free first Israel experience. The programme was launched 13 years ago and has been responsible for providing more than 340,000 young Jewish adults from 62 countries with their first educational taste of Israel.

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Romain goes out on a mixed high

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2013

Twenty-five years ago, Rabbi Jonathan Romain organised a seminar for couples where one partner was Jewish and the other not. Since then, more than 2,000 couples have participated in what became an annual programme.

But the Maidenhead Reform minister says that Sunday’s seminar at the Sternberg Centre in Finchley will be his last.

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